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Pregnant for 1st time at 48y, 2nd boy at 51y

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, February 04, 2006 | 1 comments

Yesterday one of my friends (a builder) told me that his best friend (now in his late 30s) was born when his mother was 48 and his father 57. When conceived, his parents were married for 20 years and were told that they would never have children. At 48 years old his mother got pregnant for the very first time (they were not trying) and she had a second boy at age 51.


Just wanted to let all you know it can happen and wish you all the best of luck. I was 46 when I conceived naturally after 1 1/2 years of trying. I am now the mother of a healthy 23 month old son who is the joy of my life, I would do it all over again in a heart beat. It takes a lot more out of you at this age but it is worth it and I tell everyone it keeps me young. As a side note I also have a 29, almost 30 year old son who loves his little brother! Good luck to all of you!!!!


I'm 44 but will be 45 when this little joy comes along. My son is 20 and so this is like 'new' to me. I knew the last week of January that something was amiss. From Tuesday through Friday I did a countdown but by Saturday I was at the store getting a pregnancy test. I took it Sunday morning and the faint second pink line appeared. By Monday, I had to take another... I don't know why because I knew in my heart that I was pregnant. I had been dreaming crazy dreams and the tenderness in my breast were different, and just knowing.


Yes, I conceived on my own, also thinking in this last 5 years that it would be nearly impossible (from what I've heard) to try to get pregnant. (I just didn't think it would happen at 46).


I just found out the middle of January that I was pregnant. I went to the doctor for a backache. I thought I was going into early menopause. What a shock. I am 43 and will be 44 when this baby is born. I have 19 & 16 year old daughters by my first marriage and an 8 year old son by my second. We have actually been starting to plan for early retirement around 55.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am 44 and will be 45 in may..I have three wonderful children ranging 22, 18 and 11 from my firts I am married again to this wonderful man, he is 45 and though he was married before, he doesn't have any kids..he loves my three as hos own, but I do want to have one child with him as I feel that I am finally with a man whom I love dearly...I am healthy, I run and have the right weight and aways had easy pregnancies...I recently had a checkup, and the doctor here says that my chances are very slim to get pregnant ane he really dampened my spirit...I had a tubal ligation doen 4 years ago but wanted to untie it or get IVF done in order to get pregnant...I feel this doctor has just told me off without really letting me take a chance!

    Reading all the encouraging stories make me feel energiezed again and I feel that I can still do it!!

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